Spouse highly qualified & earning – not entitled to maintenance under Section 24 HMA: DHC

The Delhi High Court (DHC), in an appeal challenging the order of a Family Court rejecting grant of maintenance to wife, has held that a spouse being highly qualified & of earning capacity having a source of income disentitles the spouse from claiming maintenance. The DHC relied on Madhya Pradesh High Court’s judgement where it interpreted Section 24 of Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 and observed that “Section 24 of HMA is not meant to create an Army of idle people waiting for a dole to be awarded by the other spouse.”